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Setting down ‘roots,’ reggae fete at home on the Mountain posted on 07/02/2018

Douglas Carnie, owner of NWWRF LLC and operator of the Northwest World Reggae Festival, is happy the event has landed on Mount Hood. In its 14th year overall and its second on the Mountain, Carnie noted that the festival’s focus is on “conscious” music with a positive message and creating a family friendly environment.

“We want to be the festival that people can come out to get a high-quality show and bring their kids,” Carnie said, noting the event does not include a beer garden or sales of alcohol. “Sometimes it seems like we have more kids than adults.”

The festival, with gates opening at 9 a.m. Friday July 27 and running through Sunday, July 29, offers 20 acts, with bands originating from Africa and England to the Pacific Northwest, including names like Tuff Lion and Zili Misik. Carnie described the music as Roots Reggae and the festival avoids “dance hall” music.

The event started in Eugene, where it continued for approximately 10 years before coding changed and the search for a new venue began. Carnie first served as a production manager but took the reins of the event and switched it to an LLC a few years ago and now co-produces the event with Megan Stolle.

Last year marked the first year on Mount Hood and Carnie noted that interest has picked up with this year’s event around the corner.

“We’re definitely getting a lot more (interest),” he said, adding that they have a long-term agreement with the landowner. “We really like this site; we’re not going any place.”

Carnie expects approximately 1,500 people to attend this year. He added that the event is also geared to be sustainable for the environment, with organic food booths, biodiesel generators, a tree planted for every ticket sold and other sustainable practices.

Carnie also noted the event includes larger camping spaces and a bigger venue this time around.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Friday, July 27 and the event ends on 8 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at 58800 E Marmot Road in Sandy. Camping is available (including car and RV camping), with tickets starting at $30, children 14 and under are free and youth 15-17 with an adult are half price. Parking is $10.

For more information, visit www.nwwrf.com or find the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthWestWorldReggaeFestival.

Garth Guibord/MT



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